Which Canon hybrid camera should I buy?

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A common question – which of the new Canon hybrids is the best camera to buy? The Canon EOS 5D Mark II, the Canon EOS 7D, the Canon Rebel T1i/500D or the newly announced Canon EOS-1D MKIV? Especially with the announcement that the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is going to be getting a firmware update in 2010 to add some of the highly requested features, it becomes an even harder choice.


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Wow, what a loaded question! Here are a couple of recent articles that might help you decide.

@5tu wrote this article “What should I buy?

Philip Bloom has written this one “Now which one for video? 7D, 5DmkII, 1DmkIV?!?!

Stephen Alvarez has his own “which camera to buy” page

So, what better way to see them to do a little side by side comparison…

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CRITERIA

Canon Rebel T1i/500D

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS-1D MKIV

Price (body only US$)

$799

$1,699

$2,699

$4,999

Video (1080)

20fps

29.97, 25, 23.976 fps

30fps

29.97, 25, 23.976 fps

Video (720)

30fps

59.94, 50 fps

n/a

59.94, 50 fps

Video (640)

30fps

59.94, 50 fps

30fps

59.94, 50 fps

Video (320)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Video autofocus

no

no

no (does have contrast based – very slow)

Max Resolution

4752 x 3168

5184 x 3456

5616 x 3744

4896 x 3264

Autofocus points

19 cross-type af points

9 point

TTL-AREA-SIR with 45-point CMOS sensor

Metering

63 Zone Full Color Metering

63 area, partial, spot (center, AF point, multi-spot), center-weighted average

Sensor size

AP-C – 15.1 mp (1.6 factor)

AP-C 18 mp (1.6 factor)

Full Frame – 21.1 mp

APS-H 16mp (1.3 factor)

Processor

Digic IV

Dual Digic IV

Digic IV

Dual DIGIC IV

Supports lenses

Canon EOS EF, EF-S mount

Canon EOS EF, EF-S mount

Canon EOS EF only

Canon EOS EF only

MicroAdjustment for lenses

n/a

  • Adjust all lenses by same amount (effectively body adjustment)

• Adjust up to 20 lenses individually

  • Adjust all lenses by same amount (effectively body adjustment)

• Adjust up to 20 lenses individually

  • Adjust all lenses by same amount (effectively body adjustment)

• Adjust up to 20 lenses individually

Microphone

internal mono only

mono internal or external stereo mini plug in mic

mono internal or external stereo mini plug in mic

mono internal or external stereo mini plug in mic

ISO Range

Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (6400-12800 expandable)

Auto (100-3200), 100-6400 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments) ISO can be expanded to H: 12800 

100-6400 (high ISO up to 25600) (low ISO – 50)

100 – 12800 in 1/3 or 1 stops, 50, 25600, 51200 and 102400 with boost

Weather Resistant

no

equivalent to the legendary EOS–1N

yes

Weatherproof

Memory card

SD

CF

CF

SD and CF both – can select stills go on CF and video on SD (or combination)

Battery

uses same 450D

LP-E6

LP-E6 New Smart Technology 

LP-E4

Raw support

Yes

Yes – includes sRAW1 and sRAW2

Yes – includes sRAW1 and sRAW 2

Yes – includes sRAW1 and sRAW 3

Popup Flash

Yes

Yes

No

No

Maximum frames per sec

3.4

8

3.9

10

Weight (with battery)

520g (1.2lb)

860 g 

810g (1.8lb)

1230 g (43.4 oz)

Custom Functions

n/a

3 sets of memorized settings

3 sets of memorized settings

AE Lock

Manual: AE lock button

• Auto: One Shot AF with evaluative metering

• Manual: AE lock button

• Auto: One Shot AF with evaluative metering

• Manual: AE lock button

• Auto: One Shot AF with evaluative metering

• Manual: AE lock button


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Comments

  1. Chris

    One error in your article: you list the T1i as NOT being able to do 720p when infact it shoots 720p at 30fps (the most useable video mode on the camera infact)

    Just pointing it out…

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  3. JCL

    Does anyone knows if the Maximum frames per sec changes when a grip (like the Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip) is plugged-in on the different models?

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